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๐—”๐—ก๐—š๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐—”๐—ก๐—— ๐—›๐—ข๐—ช ๐—œ๐—ง ๐—–๐—”๐—ก ๐—›๐—œ๐—ก๐——๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐—ฌ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฅ ๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—™ ๐——๐—˜๐—™๐—˜๐—ก๐—–๐—˜



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Anger has the potential to blind us to rational thinking, impair judgment, and lead to impulsive or irrational behaviour. When we are consumed by anger, our emotional intensity can overshadow logical reasoning and cloud our ability to perceive situations accurately.


Here's how anger can hinder our Self Defence:


๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ

Anger can distort our perception of reality, causing us to focus solely on the source of our anger while disregarding other relevant factors or perspectives. This tunnel vision narrows our focus and limits our ability to see the bigger picture.


๐—œ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด

When overwhelmed by anger, we may struggle to make sound decisions or consider the consequences of our actions. Our judgment becomes clouded, leading us to act impulsively or without regard for the potential outcomes of our behaviour.


๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—˜๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†

Anger often intensifies emotional reactions, making us more reactive to perceived threats or provocations. This heightened emotional arousal can lead to overreactions, aggression, or escalation of conflicts.


๐—œ๐—ป๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—˜๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐˜†

Anger can inhibit empathetic responses and make it difficult for us to consider the feelings or perspectives of others. Instead, we may become self-centered and dismissive of others' emotions, further exacerbating interpersonal conflicts.


๐—ฃ๐—ต๐˜†๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฆ๐˜†๐—บ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ผ๐—บ๐˜€

Physiologically, anger triggers the body's stress response, leading to physical symptoms such as increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, muscle tension, and shallow breathing. These physiological changes can exacerbate feelings of agitation and contribute to a sense of being overwhelmed.


๐— ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป

Anger can also distort memory and perception, leading us to recall events in a biased or exaggerated manner that reinforces our feelings of anger and indignation.


Given the potential negative consequences of anger induced blindness, it's essential for us to develop strategies for managing and regulating our anger effectively. Techniques such as mindfulness, deep breathing, cognitive reframing, and assertive communication can help us temper our emotional reactions, maintain perspective, and make more reasoned decisions even in the midst of anger.

Learning to recognise the signs of escalating anger and implementing healthy coping mechanisms can prevent anger from controlling behaviour and promote more constructive responses to challenging situations.

While it's natural to feel angry when faced with a threat or an attack, allowing anger to dictate our response in a self defence situation can be counterproductive and even dangerous.


Let's look at why that might be:


๐—œ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ด๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜

Anger clouds judgment and impairs rational thinking, making it difficult for us to assess the situation accurately and make sound decisions. In a self defence scenario, clear-headedness and quick thinking are crucial for evaluating threats and choosing the most appropriate course of action.


๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—น

Anger often leads to impulsive or aggressive behaviour, which can escalate a confrontation and increase the risk of harm to ourselves or others. Reacting with anger may provoke further aggression from the attacker and diminish our ability to control the situation effectively.


๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—”๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€

Anger narrows focus and can lead to tunnel vision, causing us to overlook important cues or warning signs in our environment. This reduced awareness may prevent us from recognising potential escape routes or seeking help from bystanders.


๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—˜๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ Responding with excessive use of force or aggression out of anger can have legal and ethical consequences. Self defence laws typically require that the response be proportional to the threat and that force is used only as a last resort. Allowing anger to dictate our actions may result in actions that are deemed excessive or unjustified in the eyes of the law.


๐—˜๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ง๐—ผ๐—น๐—น

Reacting with anger in a self defence situation can have lasting emotional consequences, including guilt, regret, and trauma. These emotions may linger long after the immediate threat has passed and can interfere with our recovery and healing.


Instead of letting anger drive our response, we should strive to maintain a calm and focused mindset in self defence situations. Techniques such as deep breathing, mindfulness, and de-escalation can help regulate emotions and promote a more strategic and effective response to threats. By prioritising safety, assessing risks, and seeking assistance when necessary, we can better protect ourselves and others while minimising the potential for harm.


DJN

Fendo UK

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